Oligarchs sure love their superyachts. The sanctioned billionaires left no stone unturned to save their beloved pleasure vessels from the authorities. Be it spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on fuel and sailing their yachts halfway across the globe to even going dark by turning mandatory location transponders.
Few Russian tycoons are taking all these pains to save their luxury boats while there are other pressing matters like property seizures and courtroom dramas to attend to. Strapped for cash Roman Abramovich was pleading with friends for millions to pay superyacht staff, while the island nation of Jersey seized a whopping $7 billion of his assets.
Sanctioned oligarch Alexei Mordashov is another tycoon who left no stone unturned to ensure his tuxedo-donning warship $500 million Nord sailed back home to Russia. The megayacht sailed full steam ahead despite the risk of its location transponders being turned off.
Turning off the transponders makes tracking these vessels challenging and increases the fatal danger of accidents as it masks the ship’s presence. This kind of action is seldom expected in real life and sounds more like the premise of a Hollywood blockbuster. To whisk the Nord yacht away from the grasp of authorities, the steel billionaire had her cruising for no less than 6,701 nautical miles.
These miles have been recorded mostly on her voyage to get back home to Russia’s Vladivostok port in March. As per Bloomberg, Nord spent winters in the Maldives and Seychelles. It left Seychelles on March 12 and cruised toward Sri Lanka. The turning point, pun intended, was when Nord took a distinctive 90-degree left turn before arriving. The yacht arrived in Vladivostok on April 11, where it’s still docked as per Marine Traffic. The boat carries 345,000 liters of fuel, and a full tank for its Russia trip would cost about $465,000.
Why would this little expense ruffle Alexei Mordashov, if it helps save his beautiful luxury vessel? After all the tycoon is worth $21 billion. Not only did he manage to keep a 464 feet long megayacht costing $500 million out of the sight of EU and US authorities. He also safely docked his yacht home in the Russian port city of Vladivostok.
Serious yet stunning Nord megayacht:
Nord, the 464-foot behemoth, was made in the German shipyard Lürssen. The yacht’s exterior and interior design are the work of Nuvolari & Lenard. Formerly known as Project Opus, this $500 million ship comprises six decks and accommodates 36 guests in 20 luxurious cabins. Its praise-worthy features include a large swimming pool, Jacuzzi on the sun terrace, spa, diving center, cinema, beach and barbecue area, and tender garage.
The most striking aspect of this feature-rich Motoryacht is the two helipads on the bridge deck level. Dan Lenard of the Italian design studio Nuvolari & Lenard said, “Nord was designed with one idea in mind: she must cause strong emotions in every observer, not only through her sheer size but with the design itself.
No one should be left indifferent.” While many find its champagne-tinted hull appealing, we think the imposing nameplate denotes this boat means business. The aft nameplate lights up as night falls, ensuring the Nord shines bright even in darkness.
About Alexei Mordashov:
The Russian billionaire businessman is the main shareholder and chairman of Severstal, Russia’s largest steel and mining company. With a net worth of $21 billion, he is among Russia’s richest men, second only to Putin himself. Mordashov made it big despite humble beginnings as the son of parents who were both steel mill workers. In addition to the $500 million Nord Yacht, the billionaire owned the $71 million, 215-foot yacht, ‘Lady M,’ seized by Italian authorities. Mordashov’s building complex located in Portisco, on the Mediterranean island of Sardinia, worth $116 million, was also taken by Italian authorities in March.
Welcome to Laura Pausini’s Eurovision, a High Fashion Triathlon
Eurovision, music’s campiest song contest, came to a triumphant conclusion on May 14 (congratulations, Ukraine, on the much-deserved win — that sopilka refrain has been stuck in my head for days). If you’ve ever seen Eurovision, or at least watched that Will Ferrell movie about it, you already know that its wild fashion is just as entertaining as the music itself.
While some finalists pulled out all the stops (i.e. Australia’s Sheldon Riley, and Spain’s Chanel), this year’s sartorial main event wasn’t a contestant but rather, a host.
THIS EVENING MY ADVENTURE AT THE EUROVISION BEGINS!!
Thanks to @vogue_italia and Francesca Ragazzi, today we introduce you to a preview of the 3 amazing dresses that I will wear this evening designed for me by Pierpaolo Piccioli, @MaisonValentino.
PINK like life, music and peace. pic.twitter.com/K6r1gXQuJa
— Laura Pausini (@LauraPausini) May 10, 2022
Italian singer Laura Pausini, who emceed alongside Alessandro Cattelan and Mika, paraded out a slew of designer looks throughout the weeklong event. Kitted out in Versace, Valentino, and Alberta Feretti, she repped three of Italy’s finest — Milan’s Giovanna Engelbert, creative director of Swarovski, even accessorized the host.
Pausini’s best look, though, was an aquamarine number from Atelier Versace, complete with latex tights and the label’s infamous platform heels.
Pausini’s Eurovision gig was a veritable high fashion triathlon and for that, she and her stylist deserve an award. Get some rest, queen — if you need us, we’ll be taking a leisurely stroll through the three legs of your Eurovision 2022 style tour.
Loewe’s Flower Sunglasses Will Be the Accessory of the Summer
Loewe does damn good eyewear.
Every season, the label comes out with a silhouette that somehow always ends up on my wish list. Over the past year, it has been the Paula’s Ibiza sunglasses that come in plenty of different colors (you know the ones), and now the label has released its latest silhouette.
The new shades arrive with a flower-shaped frame crafted from injected nylon and are available in plenty of different hues including pink, green, yellow, and black.
They may be a statement piece, but knowing Loewe’s influence, they’ll become the it-item before we know it – just like accessories from the previous seasons.
In addition to the flower shades, the Paula’s Ibiza collection features more statement shades, including a heart-shaped pair that is perfectly Y2K, the oversized “dive in mask” glasses that I’ve been eyeing (excuse the pun) since they first released, and plenty of new colors on the rectangular fit “Original” Paula’s Ibiza shades.
Basically, there are plenty of eyewear options to choose from, and we can’t get enough.
There’s no doubt that we’ll be seeing the flower shades all over social media this summer, as they not only make for the perfect statement accessory but also make any outfit a lot more fun, which is core to Loewe.
Recently, the label has been playing with unconventional silhouettes and fun items to create everything from the egg heels, to dresses with balloon boobs, making fashion a little less serious and a whole lot more enjoyable and unexpected, capturing Jonathan Anderson’s whimsical vision.
It also cast Anthony Hopkins for its latest campaign, which I’d argue was the most unexpected thing thus far.
The shades are currently available as part of Loewe’s latest Paula’s Ibiza collection, and are for sale online at Loewe’s website where they retail at approximately $350 USD, as well as at select retailers worldwide. Run, don’t walk for these.
LSU Colors Dress This Nike Dunk High
New colorway possibly dropping soon.
Official Nike product images of the Dunk High “Court Purple” have emerged, which is a new makeup that’s said to be hitting shelves soon. This pair dons a color scheme that’s reminiscent of the Louisiana State University (LSU) Tigers, with a gold-based leather upper and is coupled with purple overlay panels. Breaking up the bold execution is a white midsole and a solid purple outsole underneath. Similar to past college-themed styles, this pair doesn’t feature any official school logos on the shoe that confirms its connection to the institution.
As of now, release details for this “Court Purple” Dunk High have not yet been announced by Nike but check back soon to Sole Collector for updates.
Nike Dunk High “Court Purple”
Release Date: 2022
Color: University Gold/Court Purple
Style #: DD1399-500
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